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Inauspicious News For Our Economy

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The whole system of American outsourcing has rendered our industry incapable of producing the next technological innovation, which unfortunately is the key to reconstructing our economy. One example of this is the Kindle. Amazon doesn’t have the means for the next generation of their techy product to be produced on domestic soil. This article sources […]

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E-Publishers’ Guides to Writing Books

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Ever heard of this guy? Chances are you haven’t, but one peek at that link will show you just how much you’re missing out on. Manuel Ortiz Braschi is one of the most prolific self-publishers on Amazon’s Kindle site and, as author of more than 3,000 e-books on topics ranging from herb gardens to potty […]

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Books Are Greener Than E-Readers

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“One e-reader requires the extraction of 33 pounds of minerals. That includes trace amounts of exotic metals like columbite-tantalite, often mined in war-torn regions of Africa. But it’s mostly sand and gravel to build landfills; they hold all the waste from manufacturing wafer boards for the integrated circuits. “An e-reader also requires 79 gallons of […]

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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At Maud, how much should philosophy and fiction have anything to do with each other? If you liked Julie Klausner’s interview here at The Rumpus and want more, she has another interview over at The New Yorker Book Bench. (Spoiler alert: in the latter, Kermit the Frog is definitely discussed). Curious about black metal and […]

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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Greetings, Rumpusers. You might have been relieved to see me go for a bit, but you had to know you couldn’t get rid of me forever. I’m back from a life-alteringly excellent trip to Los Angeles, where I finished school, and a less awesome though somewhat relaxing trip to Orange County, the result of which […]

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Random Media Notes

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Amazon reports that Kindle Books outsold real books on Christmas day (and Mashable shows why that’s just PR smoke and mirrors). An argument for schools to stop blocking social networking sites. Crime reporters in Mexico face deadly peril. The Society of Professional Journalists slams “checkbook journalism.” (via MediaBistro) A Chinese novelist is suing Google over […]

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Saturday Morning Links

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It’s Saturday morning. Get the sleep out your eyes and start clicking. Farhad Manjoo has some solid ideas on how to beat the Kindle. Now, if only Amazon’s competitors will listen. There is great sadness in Sequoia National Park, at least for someone. Do you love car chase scenes in movies? They look a lot […]

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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This week, the book blogs got technology, and it turns out they’re not so sure whether they like it. Below, see them wrestle with television invading their books, the Kindle, and crappy book trailers — also, Virginia Woolf uses one of those new voice recording contraptions. Elizabeth Onusko at Guernica discusses the Kindle and E-textbooks […]

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Indie Bookseller Weighs in on the Kindle

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In San Francisco there’s a great little indie bookstore called Borderlands Books, which sells science fiction, fantasy, and horror titles. In a recent newsletter, store founder Alan Beatts offered his perspective on the Kindle and Amazon’s power to unpublish titles on the devices. The Rumpus obtained permission to publish an edited version of that portion […]

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The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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This week, the book blogs are scaring the ever-loving Jesus out of me. Sure, there have been a few fun, interesting updates and interviews, but most of what they’ve been saying makes me want to build a series of tunnels in and around my house so that I can start planning the first push of […]

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Want to kill e-publishing?

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I read stories like this one, where Amazon has gone onto their subscribers’ Kindles and removed books (refunding the purchase price, but still) because the publisher decided they didn’t want to make the books available electronically anymore, and I wonder what the company is thinking. The calculus might work this way–Kindle subscribers are a small […]

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Kindle: Definition

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From Merriam-Webster: Main Entry: kin·dle Pronunciation: \ˈkin-dəl\ Function: verb Etymology: Middle English, probably modification of Old Norse kynda; akin to Old High German cuntesal fire Date: 13th century Definition (1): transitive verb: to start (a fire) burning : light The temperature at which books kindle: Fahrenheit 451 Definition (2): noun: Amazon.com’s Wireless Reading Device

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